Anglo-Saxon surname Tonkins came from the Aramaic personal name Thomas, which means twin. This became one of the most popular Christian names in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Tonkins developed from the pet form Tom, to which the diminutive suffix -kin was appended. The surname also features the suffix -son, which superseded other patronymic suffixes in popularity during the 14th century and was most popular in the north of England.
Early Origins of the Tonkins family
Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Reasheath from early times. Here, most of the family were found at Willington. " It is situated on the south-west side of Delamere Forest, and comprises 977a. 3r. 17p., of which, deducting 30 acres of wood, two-thirds are pasture and one-third arable land, mostly the property of Colonel Tomkinson. The mansion of Colonel Tomkinson, standing on the borders of the forest, is a modern and elegant building in the Elizabethan style." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Tonkins family
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Tonkins Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tonkins family name include Tomkinson, Tompkinson, Thomkinson, Thompkinson and others.
Early Notables of the Tonkins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tonkins family to the New World and Oceana
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Tonkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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